Concretos: Conversación Gilberto González y Abraham Riverón

06 feb 2023

In this episode of Onda Corta, the artist Abraham Riverón talks to Gilberto González, artistic director of Tea, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, about the exhibition Concretos.

This podcast includes sound approaches through the tactile of the pieces of the works in the exhibition (ASMR). As well as the interventions of Esther Gatón (min. 15:56), Rafa Munarriz (min. 16:53), Pérez y Requena (min. 49:16) and June Crespo (min. 54:51).

Within the TEA programme, architecture as the materialisation of an image plays a central role. By resorting to cement as an element on which to sustain relationships between works, we are aware of the apparent insubstantiality of discourse. However, by circumscribing it to a specific period of late-modernity, a series of connections linked to capital flows and political processes are established. As a material of enormous ductility, it allowed a plastic renovation of architecture while at the same time emancipating it from stylistic canons; on the other hand, it gave access to layers of the population, especially in urban areas, to processes of self-construction with their own programmes in relation to the transformative capacity of the material.

The irruption of brutalism and all its neo-variants, however, coincided in Latin America with the beginning of the end of the democratic processes that were the prelude to neo-liberal programmes. Paradoxically, in Spain they come to represent the embodiment of processes of openness that nevertheless consolidate the neoliberal programme in the same way. The exhibition presents a constellation of artists who, through concrete - cement - analyse the processes of social bankruptcy and the reinforcement of capital until they lead to neo-feudalist processes.

Artists in the show: Talles Lopes, Rafa Munarriz, Pablo Accinelli, Andreas Valentín, Josep Vilageliu, Federico Assler, Nancy Holt, Guy Tillim, June Crespo, Jane & Louise Wilson, Alexander Apóstol, Marcelo Cidade, Pérez y Requena, Esther Gatón, Adrien Missika, Clara Ianni, Céline Condorelli, Federico Herrero, Andreas Angelidakis, Abraham Riverón and Cyprien Gaillard.

This exhibition was open from 07/10/2022 to 8 January 2023. This exhibition is a co-production between TEA and MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León.

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